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Language Placement Assessments

The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas does not offer a BA in Spanish, Chinese, French or German, but it does offer a Minor in Spanish.

Spanish courses are available at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses in Spanish culture and Latin American literature, culture and history. Our aim is to prepare students with a high degree of language competence.

Chinese programs at UT Dallas offer a wide range of Chinese (Mandarin) courses, from first year beginner classes to the third year advanced level. In addition, the Elementary Business Chinese I and II are also available to students. Besides the language sequences, students will enjoy a series of cultural activities throughout each semester. We believe that by integrating a wide range of cultural and professional contexts into the language study, the Chinese courses will prepare students for future cross-cultural communication.

French and German courses are available at beginning and intermediate levels.

A great degree of emphasis in our language classes is placed on listening and speaking as well as reading and writing skills. The scope of language course sequences serves all students and programs of the university and fulfills students' needs by targeting cross-cultural communication, global awareness, international understanding and cultural pluralism. The Chinese, French, German, and Spanish sequence of courses will ensure that students will learn successfully language and culture, effectively and enjoyably, while it becomes a personal, professional, humanistic and rewarding experience.

Spanish Language Placement Test

All students who are taking Spanish for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling**. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the Spanish Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the Spanish Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UT Dallas Spanish Language Placement Scores

0-20 = SPAN 1311

61-80 = SPAN 2312

21-40 = SPAN 1312

81-93 = 3000 level SPAN courses

41-60 = SPAN 2311

94-100 = 4000 level SPAN courses

**You don’t need to take the placement test if prior courses and/or credit by test scores satisfy SPAN course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP or CLEP credit). AP3 students may enroll in SPAN 1312, AP4 students may enroll in SPAN 2311, and AP5 students may enroll in SPAN 2312. CLEP level 1 students may enroll in SPAN 2311, and CLEP level 2 students may enroll in SPAN 3365.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorena Camacho Guardado ([email protected]).

Chinese Language Placement Test

All students who are taking Chinese for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*.

To complete the Chinese Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the Chinese Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UT Dallas Chinese Language Placement Scores

CHIN 1311/CHIN 1301 (Business Chinese)

1–19

CHIN 1312/CHIN 1302 (Business Chinese)

20–38

CHIN 2311

39–56

CHIN 2312

57–75

CHIN 3365 OR ABOVE

76–100

*You don't need to take the placement test if prior courses and/or credit by test scores satisfy Chinese course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and HSK or AP credit).

If you pass HSK1/AP3, you can be enrolled in 1311
If you pass HSK2/AP4, you can be enrolled in 2311
If you pass HSK3/AP5, you can be enrolled in 2312
If you pass HSK4, you can be enrolled in 3000 levels

If you have any questions, please contact Bei Chen ([email protected]).

German Placement Test

All students who are taking German for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement exam before enrolling***. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the German Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the German Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD German Language Placement Scores

0–20

GERM 1311

21–40

GERM 1312

41–60

GERM 2311

61–80

GERM 2312

***Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy GERM course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP or CLEP credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Nora Collins ([email protected]).

Arabic, French, and Japanese Languages

Students interested in taking a course in Arabic, French, or Japanese do not have to take a language placement exam. Students will need to follow the prerequisites listed on the course. However, if the student has experience in a language and wishes to enroll in a higher level course, the student will need to obtain the permission of the instructor teaching the course. Please refer to CourseBook for course and instructor details.